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KUSC Broadcast: Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique"

Dennis Kim

August 2, 7:00 p.m.KUSC Broadcast

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Dennis Kim, violin
Pacific Symphony

JOHN WILLIAMS: “Tributes! For Seiji”
RAVEL: “Tzigane”
SAINT-SAËNS: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
~ Intermission ~
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

Drama unfolds with Tchaikovsky’s deeply passionate Symphony No. 6 and Ravel’s virtuosic gypsy rhapsody, “Tzigane,” featuring concertmaster Dennis Kim. Earlier in the evening, you’ll embark on an exploration of the brilliant compositions from legendary film composer John Williams, who is responsible for linking Carl to Pacific Symphony.

KUSC Broadcast at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2020

Enjoy a complete broadcast of this performance from Oct. 19, 2019 on Classical KUSC 91.5 FM. Popular radio personality Rich Capparela hosts the broadcasts, which include fascinating interviews with Music Director Carl St.Clair, guest artists and Symphony musicians.

LIVE Preview Talk

Just like the good old days, we will continue to host pre-concert lectures one hour prior to each broadcast! Hosted by Music Director Carl St.Clair and KUSC's Rich Capparela, these virtual lectures will include special guests and fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. REGISTER NOW.

Re-recorded Preview Talk with KUSC Radio Personality Alan Chapman

Video: Dennis Kim Plays Ravel's “Tzigane” (Excerpt)

Concert Highlight

Tchaikovsky: "Pathétique" Symphony

Enjoy an excerpt from the opening movement of Tchaikovsky's dramatic Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique."

Program Notes

Read more about the music and the artists in the program notes.



Dennis Kim

Guest Artist

Dennis Kim

Dennis Kim is the new concertmaster of Pacific Symphony. A citizen of the world, Mr. Kim was born in Korea, raised in Canada and educated in the United States. He has spent more than a decade leading orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. Most recently, he was concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. He was first appointed concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He then served as the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, before going on to lead the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland.

As guest concertmaster, Mr. Kim has performed on four continents, leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Montpelier Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of Navarra. He served as guest concertmaster with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on their 10-city tour of the United Kingdom and led the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in their BBC Proms debut in 2014.

After making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with many of the most important orchestras in China and Korea. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Mr. Kim's teachers include Jaime Laredo, Aaron Rosand, Peter Oundjian, Paul Kantor, Victor Danchenko and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. He plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.